Akram Miknas, Chairman of MCN was lauded ‘Patrons of the Arts 2013’ at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts award on 13th May 2013. This esteemed award was for his contribution to the arts and culture scene in Dubai – honoring the Dubai Moving Image Museum – created and developed by Miknas.

The Dubai Moving Image Museum is located on the first floor of MCN Hive – the group’s regional HQ tower in Tecom, Dubai.

Amongst those honored at the Awards this year was MCN client Dubai Duty Free, and others including Emaar, Emirates Airlines and AGMC BMW.

In the presence of the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the “Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards” celebrated the 4th edition at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel.

The ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Ahmed Al-Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of Dubai Ruler’s Court, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocols and Hospitality in Dubai, a number of senior officials and renowned figures from the economic and cultural sectors in the UAE.

At a ceremony that highlighted the remarkable achievements and evolution of Dubai’s cultural scene, the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) honoured 40 organisations and individuals with the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards for their committed support and generous contribution to strengthening the cultural and arts sector of the city.

Now in its fourth cycle, the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards is a flagship initiative by Dubai Culture and the first and only one of its kind honour in the region that recognises patronage to culture and the arts. The 40 honourees contributed over AED170 million to the arts scene in 2012, underlining the growing contribution of organisations and individuals to nurture and build various artforms and cultural initiatives elevating Dubai’s status as a global cultural hub.

A highlight of the event was the visual interpretation of Rare Proverbs, a poem written by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, by an ensemble of Emirati, local, and international artists. The audience was equally captivated by the evocative performance of the UAE National Anthem by the UAE National Symphony Orchestra.

The Moving Image Museum in Dubai is one of only a small handful of museums in the world focusing on the history of the moving image, and is the only one of its kind in the Middle East.. Housing the private collection of Mr. Akram Miknas, which he has accumulated over twenty-five years, the Moving Image Museum was born out of Mr. Miknas’ wish to share his collection with the public, hoping to inspire and educate the region with an exciting part of history. All items in the museum are original, dating back from the 1730s to the twentieth century.

The museum is unique not only in its subject matter and location, but in the overall experience. The Moving Image Museum in Dubai features numerous interactive aspects, allowing for guests of all ages to fully experience the rich history of the moving image by viewing and playing with objects such as peeping into an eighteenth century Dutch peepbox viewer, or turning the reel of an early twentieth century mutoscope to see the flicker effect!

The museum is awaiting it’s official opening. http://dubaimovingimagemuseum.com